Rangsapara village, does the name ring a bell? If not then, let us tell you. It is the cleanest village in Assam – as declared by the Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal in the year 2015-16.
Rangsapara located in Goalpara district of Assam under the Agia Police Station is just 5 km from the Agia town. Though the ‘cleanest village’ tag attracts tourists round the year, the only communication route connecting the village and the Agia town is lying in shambles for years now.
A villager speaking to Time8 shared that with the onset of monsoon, their problems start aggravating. “The kutcha road gets filled with water, slush and mud which makes it difficult to commute. Tourists from different parts of the Northeast flock into our village throughout the yeat but they have to park their vehicles in a faraway field. If the connecting road is not constructed, the footfall may decline in the near future,” said a local villager.
Another local said, “We think twice before planning any trip to the town. The road is in a dilapidated condition. In the past, we took up the matter several times with the administration but all our pleas fell into deaf ears. Now, we have stopped complaining.”
Rangsapara village started the crusade to cleanliness in the year 1990 and their first step towards cleanliness was making it an open defecation free village. Toilets and latrines were constructed in every household and by the year 2015, with the help of government funds, all the kutcha toilets were converted into pucca ones.
The village also has a strict ban on the usage of plastic items and people don’t consume toxic products. Even spitting in the public is prohibited and the use of dustbins is mandatory. The status of the cleanest village in Assam was not attained by the village overnight but years of hard work and dedication to make it a model village for cleanliness.
“But, one problem still persists and that is communication. If a pucca connecting road constructed, the tourist inflow will also increase,” added a local woman.
Photo: Monzur Alom